Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Unbelievable

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Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.

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Critic Ratings: 69

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User Ratings: 709
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Unbelievable Season 1

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (18)

This is a faithful adaptation that plainly lays out the victims' stories and lets the audience see for themselves how differently they were treated, down to every question.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

As thematically fascinating as Unbelievable can be, it's also often dramatically plodding, if not grueling.

Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's a tough watch, but it's a rewarding one, not just because it has one of the best ensembles of the year but because of what it says about hope and empathy.

Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Unbelievable isn't just a gripping story, it's an incredibly compelling argument for why we need to take a frank look at the way victims of sexual assault are treated and how seriously we take them.

Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Kaitlyn Dever's heartbreaking performance as the vilified Marie will make you desperate for vindication.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Series such as... Unbelievable do something else too: They impose justice on a world that is anything but fair.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This story about the pursuit of a serial rapist in California could have been lurid or tacky, but instead it's commendably thoughtful and spends almost all its time on the victims and their struggle to be believed.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Somehow, miracle of miracles, a mainstream Hollywood production has finally gotten a Christian character right.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Unbelievable is a compelling and well-crafted eight-part series, with the likes of writer Susannah Grant, novelist Michael Chabon, director Lisa Cholodenko and journalist and author Katie Couric involved behind the camera.

Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

One of Unbelievable's strongest elements is the relationship between these two women - enhanced by the actors' skill in creating a prickly relationship between two strong personalities.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As a true crime miniseries, Unbelievable does well in telling the womens' side of things, depicting their trauma, and how they are forced to relive the horrific events over and over.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Much of the power of the series comes from watching the stellar performances by Collette and Wever as two alpha females who spar with each other as they solve the crime.

Oct 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbelievable: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Badass female-forward True Detective.
  • 2d ago
    I binge-watched this show because I couldn't stop watching it. You have to get past the rape scenes in the first episode and then it's 100% addictive. Toni Colette is outstanding as a crusty detective and Merritt Wever is also outstanding as a not-so-crusty but intense detective. The storyline is outstanding with a couple of well-placed surprises and I hope we get another season of this series. There is a side story involving one of the rape victims that I can do without but I understand that the writer(s) of this series wanted to show a victim angle as well. This side story doesn't take away from the series at all and Kaitlyn Dever is good in her role as a young woman who was tossed around in the foster system and then had to deal with a rape (which she then makes much more difficult by lying about it). All around a great series and one that I was more than happy to devote a whole day to.
  • 2d ago
    Wow.. just wow. Difficult to watch at times, but worth it. So well done.
  • 4d ago
    Powerful and heartbreaking. This is difficult to watch and disturbing but so necessary. Kaitlyn Dever and Tony Collette are phenomenal but Merritt Wever is just amazing. The whole cast does a great job of portraying the story without diluting the message. Really well done.
  • 4d ago
    Unbelievable is difficult to watch, but incredibly powerful and important. It's a true and affectionate dramatization of an insane real life story. A story that is heartbreaking and upsetting, but also hopeful. Kaitlyn Dever is wonderful. She captures the vulnerability and quiet strength of Marie and credit to her, the scenes where she is mistreated are incredibly uncomfortable to watch, as they should be. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever make for a great duo, their comradery was one of the most enjoyable parts of the show. The pacing is slow (as was the investigation), but it's always engaging. The writing is great, there is just enough exposition, the characters are very well realised. It's very well shot, there is a nice momentum, not a scene feels static or dull, it always feels authentic and in the momment. By the time I reached the final episodes, the anger, the joy, the tears took form, I hadn't even realised just how invested I was in these characters. Once you start watching the series, you won't want to stop. You'll have to see it through, hoping that the rapist is found and arrested and that Marie gets some sort of justice. It depicts the drastic impact that good and bad police work can have and the many ways sexual assault can affect an individual and ruin their lives and the need for them to be properly supported, by the legal system and by every one of us. Unbelievable works as a riveting crime procedural and an insightful character study, while staying true to it's incredible real life story, one you should experience. It's a must watch.
  • 6d ago
    Wow...just wow. Content was tough that is for sure but the series was fantastic. The acting was on point. It was emotional, upsetting, and exciting. I found the behind the scenes detective work very interesting. I wish the real life victims and detectives well!
  • Nov 09, 2019
    Unbelievable is one of the best tv series I have ever seen.
  • Nov 07, 2019
    Amazing! Could not stop watching! So Real. Just as amazing as The Killing.
  • Nov 06, 2019
    Could not stop, had to finish all eight episodes in one go!
  • Nov 04, 2019
    Infectiously addictive, eye-opening and utterly heartbreaking, Unbelievable reels you into a dark, twisted crime thriller that will cultivate your desire for vindication, but instead it leaves you as devastated and empty inside as you started --- largely due to two powerhouse performances from Weaver and Colette, as well as an empathetic central performance from Kaityln Dever.

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